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Firdausi (Abul Qasim Mansur; 940?–1020?), Persian epic poet, author of the Shah Namah (Book of Kings), Persia's first great literary work. The poem, 60,000 verses long, recounts the story of Persia, legendary and historical, until the Muslim conquest (A.D. 641).

See also: Persia, Ancient.

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